With the field staff done, the Tacoma Rainiers will start spring training next month and open the Pacific Coast League season April 5 at home against Salt Lake.
The Mariners finalized their field staff for the Triple A Tacoma Rainiers’ 2012 season this week, with new hitting coach Jeff Pentland joining returning manager Daren Brown and pitching coach Dwight Bernard.
Brown has been in the Mariners organization for 12 years, including six as manager of the Rainiers. The Holdenville, OK., native has compiled a 864-765 (.530) record over a 14-year minor league managerial career that has included stops at San Bernardino, Wisconsin, Inland Empire and San Antonio prior to joining the Rainiers in 2007.
Brown owns a 353-338 mark (.511) with the Rainiers, and enters the 2012 season 23 wins shy of passing Dan Rohn as the winningest manager in the franchises history.
Brown guided the Rainiers to the Pacific Coast League Pacific North Division title in 2009 and led the 2010 PCL Champion Rainiers to a 61-54 record and a division lead prior to ending the season as interim manager with the Mariners.
Bernards 2012 campaign will be his ninth in the Mariners minor league organization and his sixth since joining the Rainiers as pitching coach in 2006. Bernard put together a 12-year pro career as a pitcher, including big league stints with the New York Mets (1978) and Milwaukee (1981-82).
Pentland joins the Rainiers field staff with 13 seasons of major league coaching experience, most recently as the hitting coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. He previously served as big league hitting coach with Seattle (2005-08), Kansas City (2002-05) and Chicago Cubs (1997-2002), with minor league coaching stops in the New York Mets and Florida Marlins organizations.
Pentland fills the spot opened by Alonzo Powell, who was named the major league assistant hitting coach with the San Diego Padres in November.
Athletic trainer Tom Newberg is also set to return to Tacoma to begin his 26th season in the Mariners organization and his sixth with the Rainiers.
Charlie Kenyon will return for his third season as the clubs performance specialist.
The Rainiers open the 2012 season at Cheney Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 5, when the club begins an eight-game home stand that against North Division rivals Salt Lake and Colorado Springs.
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